Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas with Avatar

As we all know the movie Avatar has started screening in Malaysia a few days ago and has been the hype recently.

Well, who wouldn’t when the trailer itself is stunning in respect?

So, yesterday which was Christmas, I went to watch Avatar at 9pm with my parents and sister at Big Cinemas in Brem Mall, Kepong and it was awesome. For those who don’t know, here is the synopsis:

(major spoiler ahead)

“In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na'vi, a humanoid race with their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with each other and the local culture”. Written by Giorgio_C

“When his brother is killed in battle, paraplegic Marine Jake Sully decides to take his place in a mission on the distant world of Pandora. There he learns of greedy corporate figurehead Parker Selfridge's intentions of driving off the native humanoid "Na'vi" in order to mine for the precious material scattered throughout their rich woodland. In exchange for the spinal surgery that will fix his legs, Jake gathers intel for the cooperating military unit spearheaded by gung-ho Colonel Quaritch, while simultaneously attempting to infiltrate the Na'vi people with the use of an "avatar" identity. While Jake begins to bond with the native tribe and quickly falls in love with the beautiful alien Neytiri, the restless Colonel moves forward with his ruthless extermination tactics, forcing the soldier to take a stand - and fight back in an epic battle for the fate of Pandora.” Written by The Massie Twins

Obtained from

The world of Pandora set in the movie is a hostile, yet beautiful environment filled with greenery (the background was filmed in Hawaii) and basically immerses you into visual awe and wonder on how much detail they put into every scene. This is most apparent at the night scenes where the whole jungle just lights up.

The Na’vi are very tall when compared to humans in the movie (at least 7 to 10 feet?) and have carbon fiber in their bones which makes them very tough and strong hunters.

The storyline was fine for this kind of movie (as the CGs are breathtaking) and it was compared to how the first American settlers fought the Red Indians where guns were used against arrows and spears.

There are a lot of hostile creatures living in Pandora and the main character, Jake Sully learnt to respect the living creatures in the jungle through the eyes of the Na’vi people via his ‘Avatar’.

The part I really like about was when Jake got the Toruk Bacto after the Na’vi village was destroyed and asked the other Na’vi clans which serve as the ground and sky attack units.

The ending fight scene was epic nonetheless against the beautiful backdrop.

Since I can’t really elaborate more on words, you have to see it for yourself and make your own evaluation.

I would give this movie a 4.5 out of 5, the 0.5 gone is because they omitted a few parts which is forgivable given the amount of screentime.


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